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Old Monday 30th April 2012, 08:55   #476
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Old Friday 6th July 2012, 10:02   #477
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Photographed this hover fly yesterday, is it dasysyrphus albostriatus.
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Old Monday 9th July 2012, 13:59   #478
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Another 'thingie' I photographed while "just rummaging around". Any ideas?

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Old Tuesday 10th July 2012, 06:04   #479
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Another 'thingie' I photographed while "just rummaging around". Any ideas?

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Maybe Eupeodes corollae
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Old Friday 13th July 2012, 12:15   #480
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At Kelling Quag yesterday, I found a stonking Volucella zonaria on hogweed - an absolutely massive beast and extremely convincing as a hornet mimic. It was the day's highlight.
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Old Saturday 21st July 2012, 10:24   #481
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At Kelling Quag yesterday, I found a stonking Volucella zonaria on hogweed - an absolutely massive beast and extremely convincing as a hornet mimic. It was the day's highlight.
By sheer coincidence I was looking for an ID confirmation on just such a beast that I found in the garden yesterday! Photo here...
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Photographed these in the garden today, not seen this particular hoverfly in the garden till today they seem to like just the one plant, could someone please id it for me, thanks in advance.
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Old Thursday 9th August 2012, 18:08   #483
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Photographed these in the garden today, not seen this particular hoverfly in the garden till today they seem to like just the one plant, could someone please id it for me, thanks in advance.
http://i488.photobucket.com/albums/r...-8-2o12001.jpg
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It's one of the smaller Eristalis species.
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Old Friday 10th August 2012, 12:32   #484
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Hi all,

Took these two shots in my Derbyshire Garden yesterday... After reading this thread my guess is Eristalis tenax but can someone confirm or put me right!

These insects vastly increased in the last couple of days from virtually none to good numbers... I'm guessing they have had a emergence in the last day or so.

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Old Wednesday 7th November 2012, 13:56   #485
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Not sure what this is ..Crete, Greece

This may be on the wrong thread, a hover fly or a Blow Fly I can't find anything in my book that resembles it, any suggestions !
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Old Wednesday 7th November 2012, 20:20   #486
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Another view if it helps
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Old Wednesday 7th November 2012, 20:33   #487
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Looks like a tachinid to me.
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Looks like a tachinid to me.
Thanks very much, just googled Tachina fera maybe ? it looks similar
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Thanks very much, just googled Tachina fera maybe ? it looks similar

I thought it may be that species but not sure what species are in Crete.
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Identified this as a Pellucid Fly (Volucella Pellucens). Also called a Great Pied Hoverfly.

Thought it was a bee at first sight. Impressive looking insect.
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I thought it may be that species but not sure what species are in Crete.
Certainly close to T. fera but need to eliminate Tachina lurida, Tachina magnicornis & Tachina praeceps.
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Sorry the quality of the photo is not great. I think this is a hoverfly but I'm not at all sure. Does anyone know what it is?
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Sorry the quality of the photo is not great. I think this is a hoverfly but I'm not at all sure. Does anyone know what it is?
Surely your photo shows it with 2 pairs of wings which eliminates any true fly. Looks like a Honey Bee to me.
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You could well be right - although I thought it looked rather long and thin. But it would explain why I couldn't find it in the hoverfly book ;-)
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UK Hoverfly ID

I have recently enjoyed photographing the Hoverflies and Bees in the garden but unfortunately do struggle when it comes to correctly identifying them.
I'm not even totally sure no4 is a Hoverfly and believe the last is a Hornet Hoverfly - any help with the correct ID therefore much appreciated.

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I have recently enjoyed photographing the Hoverflies and Bees in the garden but unfortunately do struggle when it comes to correctly identifying them.
I'm not even totally sure no4 is a Hoverfly and believe the last is a Hornet Hoverfly - any help with the correct ID therefore much appreciated.

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1. Eristalis sp - you usually need a side view too to see the colour and shape of the different leg segments
2. Myathropa florea
3. Volucella pellucens
4. I think it is a hoverfly, but not one I recognise
5. Volucella zonaria
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Old Tuesday 5th February 2019, 11:38   #497
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No.4 is indeed a hoverfly - a Cheilosia sp. and can't be done from this image, or probably any image!

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